Press Release – JAMES LARKIN SOCIETY MARCH & RALLY 2015
The James Larkin Society will hold its Annual March through Liverpool city centre on Saturday 18th July.
James Larkin (1876-1947) was the Liverpool-born Irish Trade Union Leader, who led workers’ struggles throughout Ireland, and most famously during the Dublin 1913 Lock Out dispute. Larkin founded both the ITGWU (Irish Transport & General Workers Union) and the ICA (Irish Citizen Army). The James Larkin Society works to keep his memory and ideals alive in Liverpool, the city of his birth. 2015 marks 100 years since Larkin arrived in New York and became central to every radical event that happened in the USA.
The march on 18th July starts at 1pm from Larkin’s birthplace, Combermere Street, off Park Road, Liverpool 8. The march will be led by the Liverpool Irish Flute Band and the Liverpool Socialist Singers. lt will follow a city centre route, finishing with a Rally at the Pier Head. The Rally will be addressed by a number of Trade Union and Campaign group Speakers.
The main theme for this year’s event is ”Liverpool, The City That Dared To Fight – Remembering The Liverpool Socialist Council 1983-1987”. In the current climate of vicious austerity cuts to public services, being imposed by a Tory government, not voted for by the people of Liverpool, the message of the Liverpool Socialist Council that stood up to a similar Tory government in the 1980’s, is more relevant than ever.
The James Larkin Society believes that ‘austerity’ is a lie – designed to make the rich even richer, while public services are decimated, the NHS is privatised, and working-class people pay the price. We call on today’s Liverpool City Council, local Trade Unions, and all sections of society to follow the great recent example of the people of Greece, and Say NO to Austerity, NO to Tory cuts, and join the Fight Back.
Cairde na hEireann Liverpool welcomes today’s convictions at Liverpool Magistrates Court of 5 individuals convicted for falling to comply with a Public Order notice Liverpool Echo Newspaper 27th November 2013. The convictions were in relation to the annual James Larkin March & Rally held during July 2013 when individuals with associations to both Loyalist and Fascist groups in Liverpool attempted to disrupt the event as it marched through Liverpool city centre.
The convictions represent a clear statement that intolerance and hate have no place on the streets of Liverpool. Since 2012, Cairde na hEireann Liverpool has worked tirelessly with both police and civic authorities to highlight ongoing attacks by both right wing extremists and loyalists aimed at Irish related parades and marches in Liverpool which have been both racist and sectarian in nature. These attacks have been fully detailed in Cairde na hEireann Liverpool’s 2013 report entitled ‘Under Pressure: A Report Into Far-Right and Loyalist Attacks Against Irish Community Parades/Marches in Liverpool During 2012’. Cairde na hEireann Liverpool regard today’s convictions as vindication of our view that a small group of racists and haters had made it their business to continually try to disrupt and harass members of the Irish community from organising peaceful, dignified and lawful public events. Their aim was to attempt to drive the Irish community off the streets of Liverpool, maintain loyalist and right-wing supremacy of civic spaces and in this they have failed utterly.
Cairde na hEireann Liverpool will continue to work positively to promote a positive sense of identity for the Irish community in Liverpool through promotion of work and events that seek to celebrate Liverpool Irishness, history and remembrance. Cairde na hEireann Liverpool also reasserts it’s commitment to working collaboratively with all statutory and non-statutory bodies to promote tolerance and anti-racist practice.